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Congress Moves to Cure Health Crisis for Kids

April 9, 2007

Making sure all American kids are healthy is the goal of proposed legislation just introduced in Congress. The "All Healthy Children Act" would help meet the health care needs of the 50,000 children in Iowa without health care coverage. It’s one of several proposals to extend health care to children, but Marian Wright Edelman with the Children’s Defense Fund says other plans don’t go far enough.

"All children should get health coverage. Not a third, not a half, all children."

Edelman believes the "All Healthy Children Act" is logical, smart and achievable. Critics insist the plan is too expensive; however, Edelman argues that it would cost just a fraction of what the U.S. is spending on Iraq.

"We should put children first. Health care for all now, it should be guaranteed. Sick children don’t need to be on waiting lists, they need to get health care."

Iowa currently covers a majority of low-income children through its Hawk-I program. The 50,000 not covered either don’t know about the program, or earn too much to qualify yet not enough to pay for private insurance.

For more information Iowa’s health insurance for kids go to www.hawk-i.org. Information on the "All Healthy Children Act" is online at www.childrensdefense.org.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA